6 to 3 Feet Memo to Families
Dear North Tonawanda Families:
We are excited to announce that on April 9th, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released new COVID-19 guidance for schools. These changes allow for an increased capacity for in-person instruction by reducing social distancing from six feet to three feet in the classroom. As I shared at our April 14 FB Live Event, the District has been planning for an expansion of in-person instruction. We are able to do so for some grade levels because of the updated guidance provided by the NYSDOH, and the unique circumstances of those grade levels. For example, grades PreK-6 are grouped in cohorts all day within one classroom, or travel as a cohorted group, whereas grades 7-12 are not.
The NTCSD’s revised reopening plan expands the in-person instruction on a full-time basis to include all elementary students grades pre-k through six. This revised plan will allow the District to automatically bring back all of our current PreK-3 hybrid students for daily in-person instruction effective Monday, April 26, 2021, and grades 4-6 will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021.
In all K-6 schools, the following changes will be implemented in alignment with the new NYSDOH guidance:
With respect to our middle and high school students (grades 7 - 12), the District is unable to offer full-time, in-person learning at this time due to the community transmission criteria that are outlined in the CDC and NYSDOH guidance, of which places Niagara County in a “high transmission” area. As a result, the NYSDOH specifically requires that middle and high school students maintain six feet of social distance unless the students can be cohorted. Due to the unique nature of student schedules, as well as space constraints, the District will not be able to return more students to NTMS or NTHS on a full-time basis while maintaining six feet of social distance.
Finally, we will be hosting a FB Live Event with an opportunity for Q & A on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 2 and 5 p.m. Please view our FAQ, for additional common questions specific to these changes (I.e., Before & After School Care, etc) FAQ for 6 Feet to 3 Feet Plan
Free books for kids K-6!
Brand new, age-appropriate books will be given out to NT students for FREE in grades K-6 during an event sponsored by the North Tonawanda Catholic Club & Knights of Columbus Madonna Council #2535! To sign up for this event - which takes place May 8 at the Madonna Council, 755 Erie Ave. - please fill out the registration form and return it to your child's teacher by April 22.
Cardiac clearance needed after having COVID-19
In mid-January 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement with recommendations regarding students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and their participation in physical education and sports. In response to AAP's guidance, key personnel at NTCSD have conferred with our medical director, Dr. Douglas A. Schultz from Wheatfield Pediatrics, and we have developed a district plan and protocol moving forward with regards to students diagnosed with COVID-19. Please see the letter from NTCSD Medical Director Dr. Schultz and the COVID assessment/release for return to activities (PE and Sports) form.
Pre-K to grade 12 COVID-19 toolkits
The following toolkits were released Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH). Please use these toolkits to determine if your child or a staff member should go to school or work, and when a child or staff member is ready to return to school or work after symptoms/illness. You may contact the nurse in your school with any questions.
Additional resources can be found on the NCDOH webpage or by calling the NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
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